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This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.


Marsworth Flight Open Day

Marsworth Flight Open Day

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

I’ve lived on a boat for 12 years but have never actually been inside a drained lock so I was really excited about this! On Sunday 13th January The Canal and River Trust held an open day so that anyone can go along and see the current work taking place on the Marsworth flight.

You’ve got mail! 5 ways for boaters to receive snail mail.

You’ve got mail! 5 ways for boaters to receive snail mail.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Whether you’re thinking of living on a boat, or are looking for a boat for sale for an extended period of cruising you may be wondering how boaters collect their snail mail? Depending on your situation there are a number of options you can choose to collect your mail when you’re on a long cruise.

Confused by Facebook? Try this tip.

Confused by Facebook? Try this tip.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Are you confused by Facebook? So am I sometimes. It took me ages to figure out that when you look at your home feed it usually chooses ‘top stories’ for you, instead of the most recent ones. Now I usually select ‘most recent’ myself.

The Best of BGU in 2012

The Best of BGU in 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

We now have nearly 9000 customers registered with Boatshed Grand Union and Boatshed worldwide has over 496,300 registered customers. Boatshed.com has over 50 locations world-wide, more than 100 Boatshed Brokers working to sell your boat and over 1000 Boats were sold in 2012.

Modern Boat Engines: Which is best?

Modern Boat Engines: Which is best?

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Since the 1990’s diesel engines have become more advanced, refined and complex. Popular makes are now Lister, Isuzu, Vetus, Kubota, Beta Marine, Barrus, Lombardini, Yanmar, Nanni and Thornycroft.

Older Boat Engines: Snog, marry, avoid?

Older Boat Engines: Snog, marry, avoid?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

When you are looking for a canal boat for sale there is a huge variety of engine choices, of varying ages. While some are quite modern others have been reliably chugging away for years.

Boat Retailers and Brokers Code of Practice

Boat Retailers and Brokers Code of Practice

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

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Don’t buy a canal boat – until you've read this as well!

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you've read this as well!

Wednesday, 05 December 2012

If you’re looking for a canal boat for sale, widebeam, narrowboat or barge in London or Hertfordshire you need to know what you are looking for. Last week’s article Don't buy a canal boat! covered size, length and width of boats, types of berth and the great toilet debate. This week we’re going to get technical and electrical.

#Christmas gifts for boaters and sailors

#Christmas gifts for boaters and sailors

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Whether you’re buying or selling a boat in Essex you’ll know there are all sorts of extras you can buy to make boating more enjoyable or comfortable. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts for the boater in your life.

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you’ve read this!

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you’ve read this!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Assuming you’ve calculated the budget you have to spend and secured your finances, you may feel ready to begin looking at used boats for sale. But before travelling London or Herts to view second hand boats for sale do you know whether you are looking for a wide beam, liveaboard, barge, trad narrowboat or cruiser stern?

Christmas Gifts for Canal Boaters

Christmas Gifts for Canal Boaters

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Is it that time already? Whether you like narrowboats, wide beams, Dutch barges or any type of liveaboard canal boat there are plenty of Christmas gifts that could help you and your family to enjoy the English canals and rivers.

Fireworks on the Canals

Fireworks on the Canals

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The wonderful thing if you’re looking for your first boat for sale is anticipating the freedom that you will soon enjoy, to arrive at some beautiful location or festive event with your own little floating apartment in-tow.

Top 6 Benefits of Owning a Boat

Top 6 Benefits of Owning a Boat

Thursday, 15 November 2012

If you’re looking for a narrowboat, wide-beam or barge for sale in London or Herts on the Grand Union or River Lea, you may already have an idea about the things that you love about the canals. Here I’ve gathered together some of the reasons why boaters love their boats.

Remembrance Day on the Cut

Remembrance Day on the Cut

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

One of my favourite books is Ramlin Rose, the Boatwoman’s Story, by Sheila Stewart. In the early 1990’s the author interviewed whatever boatwomen she could find in the Banbury area; women who were born and bred on horse-drawn boats. She then compiled these real life experiences into the life story of a fictional character ‘Rose Ramlin’.

Castle Marinas are now welcoming Liveaboards

Castle Marinas are now welcoming Liveaboards

Friday, 26 October 2012

An Englishman’s home is his… castle?

Haunted by Narrowboat Dreams

Haunted by Narrowboat Dreams

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Are you haunted by dreams of owning your own narrowboat, wide-beam or barge? If our website of boats for sale doesn’t leave you spell-bound this Halloween try some of these events around the country to get you in the spirit next week (- the spirit of bad puns maybe?!)

Memories of Tooley’s Boatyard

Memories of Tooley’s Boatyard

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

If you’re on budget you may well be looking for a project boat for sale, however, some people deliberately choose to take on a boat or narrowboat that needs some care and attention, because of their enthusiasm for waterways history and heritage.

CaRT appoints Canal Laureate

CaRT appoints Canal Laureate

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

So, taking a break from thinking about boats for sale, I just read about the Canal and River Trust partnering with the Poetry Society to appoint a Canal Laureate. Jo Bell is perfect for the role because she’s a liveaboard narrowboater, and a very active poet. The former archaeologist is now the Director of National Poetry Day. She writes and performs poems, manages projects, runs workshops, writes articles, edits publications and much more.

It’s Banbury Canal Day!

It’s Banbury Canal Day!

Wednesday, 03 October 2012

After a busy week of browsing boats for sale, narrowboats for sale and barges for sale, (when everyone thought you were hard at work in your office) the weekend is the time to relax… and look at more boats!

Boaters: Stay SAFE on the Cut

Boaters: Stay SAFE on the Cut

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

As we started this week with severe weather warnings for rain, winds and floods I noticed two news stories in the media, highlighting canal safety. The Star reported that in south Yorkshire a man drowned after walking his dogs by a canal. It is believed the 39-year-old may have entered the water to rescue one of his dogs. The incident happened on Saturday night in Rotherham. A police officer threw a ‘lifeline’ into the water before firefighters arrived and managed to retrieve the man from the water. There was a 7ft drop to the water, and the canal was nine or 10ft deep. Paramedics gave emergency first aid at the scene but he later died in hospital.